Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sweet and Sour, Hot or Cold: Red Cabbage Colorfully Good
We're accustomed to seeing cabbage in the market year-round, but fall is an ideal time to enjoy white, green and purple varieties. While green cabbage remains the most popular, red cabbage possesses the greatest concentration of vitamin C and high amounts of anthocyanin polyphenols, a substance some health experts believe promotes brain function and helps protect the body from some diseases and certain types of cancers. Recipes for red cabbage frequently contain tart apples, or some other acid ingredient, like lemon juice, or vinegar, which keeps its color bright and from turning a ghastly, unappetizing blue color when cooked. (If you've already cooked your cabbage and it's begun to discolor, just add a little vinegar to bring it back.) Red cabbage slaw, mixed with shredded carrots and red onion, is beautiful and never better than it is at time of the year, when cabbage is in season and inexpensive. And, you'll find homemade sweet and sour red cabbage, flavored with bacon and tart Granny Smith apples, exceptionally flavorsome, economical, and far superior to anything found in a jar. Store whole heads of cabbage in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Due to the loss of Vitamin C, avoid buying pre-cut cabbage, or storing cabbage after it's been cut.

Changing one's mind isn't always bad
There is an old saying that goes, "Wise people change their mind. Fools never do."

Killing dogs shouldn't be allowed
On Sept. 9 our family dog Trigger was snared and shot to death by our neighbor. He kept her in the snare we believe for approximently 3-4 hours and waited for our other dog to be let out and caught in snare. When I heard our second dog named Egan yelping I went to help her as I was running down our driveway I heard the first shot ring out when I entered the woods the second shot rang out. Our neighbor was then headed toward Egan but when he saw me he stopped and put his pistol in his pocket. When asked if he shot our dog he admitted to it and said he was going to shoot the other one too. When asked why he said Trigger was tormenting his chickens but admitted never killed any of his chickens. He then switched his story and said the dogs were chasing moose which is a lie we have moose in our yard all the time one that comes back every year to have her calves. Troopers said he was in his legal right to snare on his property for rabbits, however rabbit snares are very small he was using a wolf/coyote which is considerably larger and they were up high snaring my dogs around the waist. We have lived across the street from this neighbor for seven years he knows our phone number he could have called us. Our kids have helped him over the years with firewood and mowing his yard he paid them by killing our dog. We had recieved no dog citations and or warning. These laws need to be changed on killing family pets.

Murkowski should withdraw
Sen. Murkowski,

Community makes homecoming special
On behalf of Soldotna High School, we would like to thank the community for their support during our homecoming. Our students showed enthusiasm and school spirit that was amazing. They participated in over 15 activities during the week. These ranged from traditional games like tug-of-war and "trash can" to newer games like Knight, Rider, Princess and Simon Says. We concluded our week with a pep assembly, the crowning of our royalty, a bonfire, football game, halftime show, and our Night in Wonderland themed dance.

Thanks to those who made Octoberfest possible
On behalf of the members, listeners, and staff of KDLL, we would like to thank the members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Soldotna and Kenai Lodges for the 11th Annual KDLL Oktoberfest! We truly appreciate your efforts organizing and hosting this annual event.

Murkowski is good for Alaska
How would Miller have voted differently?

Manager would consolidate branches of government
If the voters fall for the Manager idea this October 5, we will essentially have five members of the Borough assembly runnning the show. That is not a good outcome, even if you happen to agree with five out of nine assembly members.

Koch out of the running for Mat-Su job
Kenai City Manger Rich Koch did not make the short list for the Mat-Su Borough's vacant city manager position, which he applied for this summer.

Teen's text leads to drug B-U-S-T
Two teens are expected to face drug charges after mistakenly sending text messages to a 12-year-old Soldotna girl over the weekend.

School roof repairs subject of bond prop 1
On Oct. 5 borough voters will be asked to weigh in on whether to borrow up to $16,866,500 in bonds to fix school roofs on 11 buildings across the Kenai Peninsula.

Helping arms

Float trip ends with copter ride
Two canoeists were plucked from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Monday after calling for help.

School board races uncontested
Three school board members are running for reelection to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Tuesday, all unopposed in their bids.

Their ideas: Soldotna City Council candidates continue to campaign
Soldotna City Council candidates proposed developing fall-back economic magnets to draw and hold visitors in case summer salmon runs fall short. Those ideas came up at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's luncheon and candidate forum Tuesday.

All Wildwood inmates to be tested for tuberculosis
Officials will test all of the approximately 255 Wildwood Correctional Complex inmates for tuberculosis after two prisoners received positive TB test results Tuesday.

Under construction: Soldotna park, playground closed until Nov. 15
Construction will close the Soldotna Creek Park and adjacent playground until Nov. 15, or whenever construction finishes.

Edwin George Ruberg
Kenai resident Edwin George Ruberg, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in Soldotna.

Voices of Alaska: Putting food on our tables
Across Alaska, harvest time is well under way. As our dreary summer slips into a sunny fall, Alaskans are busy putting crops away for winter. In Palmer, mountains of potatoes are growing inside large potato barns. In Delta, huge combines are harvesting barley and other grains. Farmer's markets, from Kodiak to Fairbanks, are still busy selling the last of the zucchini, broccoli and lettuce. Families are filling their freezers and canning jars with local peas and berries.

Around the Peninsula

Garden club gathers

Best Friend

Sunni Hilts: District 9 -- South Peninsula

School board members' job is to represent children of the Peninsula

Sammi Crawford: District 1 -- Kalifornsky

Better teacher evaluations, 21st century student skills are priorities

SoHi, Kenai take nonconference tilts
Volleyball teams from Soldotna and Kenai Central high school won their nonconference matches Tuesday.

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